Known by many names (including Kintarō, or Golden Boy), Sakata Kaidōmaru was an eleventh-century warrior of legendary strength who is said to have displayed great prowess as a fighter even in his early childhood. This celebrated image shows the well-muscled boy wrestling a giant carp under a waterfall. Kuniyoshi adds considerable depth and energy to the scene through his innovative depictions of a transparent stream of water and scattering white spray.
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Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). Oniwakamaru and the Giant Carp Fight Underwater, 1835. Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, 15 x 10 5/16 in. (38.1 x 26.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. Eleanor Z. Wallace in memory of her husband, L. Wallace M.D., 1999.139.1
Gift of Dr. Eleanor Z. Wallace in memory of her husband, L. Wallace M.D.